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There's a Facebook Group That Shames People Who Park Gas-Powered Vehicles in Electric-Vehicle Spots

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There's a Facebook group dedicated to shaming drivers who park gasoline-powered vehicles in electric-vehicle (EV) parking spaces. The group, called ICEHoles ("ICE" is short for "internal combustion engine") is solely dedicated to photographing gas-powered vehicles in EV spots, usually because they're blocking chargers.

Here's how a typical ICEHole post goes: A member of the group has pulled up to a charging station at their local gym, supermarket or wherever, and the spot is occupied by a 2004 Toyota Camry -- someone who has clearly either ignored the sign stating "EV Only" or simply decided that it isn't important. So the EV driver takes a picture and posts it on this group, and everyone complains about how stupid the person driving the non-EV vehicle is.

Personally, I think this Facebook group is awesome. It's almost amazing to see exactly how little people care about following parking rules when it comes to electric vehicles. Seriously, there are hundreds of images of blocked EV chargers from all over the world, courtesy of all types of vehicles -- from regular sedans and crossovers to behemoth SUVs. Many times, they've parked right in front of a sign that says "ELECTRIC VEHICLES ONLY," apparently without a care in the world.

What's more interesting, however, is how many people driving hybrid vehicles without a plug try to get away with parking in EV spots. Many of the pictures document standard hybrid vehicles -- Ford Fusion Hybrid, Kia Optima Hybrid, Toyota Prius, etc. -- sitting in front of EV chargers, hoping nobody will notice they actually burn gasoline.

Of course, the goal of the ICEHole page is to get people to stop parking gas-powered vehicles in plug-in spaces -- but that's unlikely to happen anytime soon. Instead, we can all shame them together.

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